Saturday, April 13, 2013

It's a Bead Soup kind of Day

Welcome to reveal #2 of Lori Anderson's 7th Bead Soup Blog Party. This is my fourth time being part of this great event and was privileged to be paired with Claire from Cats Eat Dogs. She sent me this yummy soup ( click on the link to see what I was sent). The colors and beads were so me, and they've been a delight to play with.

So, for your viewing pleasure, here are my creations:
 I started with the focal, which was a wonderful shade of blue green, and dressed with up with one of the shell drops and added a couple of dangles. I stacked the quartz rounds with the deep blue green flower spacers and used copper wire wrapping to tie it all together. The necklace is asymmetrical and ends with a copper toggle clasp.

Originally, these drops were going to be part of the necklace above, but then discovered that they were top/side drilled so went to plan B. I used 26g copper wire and twisted it together, added some more little flowers and copper spacers that I had. The only beads I bought were the gorgeous aqua/metallic crystal beads which I found on sale at the big M. I fell in love with them, and used them all! This was not a planned piece, but it came together while I was fiddling, and I'm pleased with the end result.
These lucite shells paired with copper/metallic drops ( all courtesy of Clare) to make a sweet little pair of earrings.

But my favorite??
The bracelet. This is what I first started working on, and I absolutely love, love, love it. This one is MINE! It actually matched what I was wearing the day I made it, and combination of copper and blue greens is one of my favorites. I used almost every type of bead that Clare sent in this bracelet, and had a blast doing it.

Here's another view:
Added a second row of chain which matches the first pendant to tie the two pieces together. I'm so pleased with how these turned out. I feel like it's a cohesive collection.

 There were a few beads that I didn't use, but have plans for (the exquisite yellow drops). Don't forget to stop by Clare's blog to see what she served up with the beads I sent her.

**Somehow there is an invisible table below the list of names- scroll through the empty space to get to the comments section.  I CANNOT get to it disappear***

 Thanks, Lori, for another wonderful experience, and for going above and beyond when life has been challenging lately! Here's the rest of the 2nd reveal participants (there's a BUNCH of us from literally all over the world):

Agata Grygiel
Ali McCarthy
Alice Craddick
Amy Severino
Ana Krepel
Andra Weber
Andrea Glick
Andrea Trank
Anitra Gordy Boyers

Annette Rivers
Anu Tuppurainen
April Grinaway
Audrey Bélanger
Barbara Bechtel
Barbara Mason
Becky Pancake
Beti Horvath
Billi RS Rothove

Bobbie Rafferty
Brandi Burdick
Candida Castleberry
Carol Dillman
Carolyn Gebert
Carolyn Lawson
Caron Reid
Catherine King
Cathy Jakicic

Chandra Merod
Charlene Jacka
Cheri Reed
Cherrie Fick
Cherrie Warzocha
Cheryl Brown
Cheryl Dunham
Cheryl Foiles
Cheryl Gangle

Chris Eisenberg
Chris White
Christina Miles

Christine Murrow (you're here)

Cindy Ritchie
Clare Etheridge
Cory Tompkins

Cris Peacock
Cynthia Abner
Debbie Rasmussen
Debi Levine
Deborah Brooks
Deborah Read
Debra Behrends
Dorota Żerańska
Elaine Robitaille

Elsie Deliz-Fonseca
Emma Todd
Erin Guest
Evelyn Shelby
Evie and Beth McCord
Francy Inman
Ginger Bishop
Gloria Allen
Hajer Waheed

Hope Smitherman
Ilenia Ruzza
Ilona Hegedűs
Ine Vande Cappelle
Jackie Ryan
Janine Lucas
Jean Peter
Jean Wells
Jeanne Steck

Jelveh Jaferian Johnson
Jennifer Cabic
Jennifer Reno
Jennifer VanBenschoten
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Jenny Kyrlach
Jenny Robledo
Jessica Brower
Jill MacKay

JJ Jacobs
Jo-Ann Woolverton
Joanne Tinley
Johanna Rhodes Nash
Judy Robinson
Juli Cannon
Julia Gerlach
Julie Bowen
Julie Panusis

K Hutchinson
Karen Martinez
Karen Vincent
Karen Williams
Karin Slaton
Karyn Bonfiglio
Kat Douglas
Kate Dufour
Kate Mulligan

Kate Richbourg
Kathleen Gallant
Kathleen Lange Klik
Katie Nielsen-Nunez
Kay Bolton
Kayla Potega
Kelli Jacobson
Kelly Patterson
Kelly Ramstack

Kiersten Kern
Kim Sparks
Klaudete Koon
Klaudia Tóth
Krista French
Kristin Oppold
Kym Hunter
Lana Kinney
Laura Guenther

Lauren Fenty
Leah Curtis
Lennis Carrier
Linda Murphy
Lisa Johnson
Lori Anderson
Lupe Meter
Lynn Jobber
Mandi Effron

Marcia Dunne
Margareta Saari
Marianne Baxter
Marie Covert
Mary Ellen Parker
Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens
Megan Milliken
Melissa Meman
Melissa Mesara

Michaela Pabeschitz
Michelle Tucker
Mimi Gardner
Mischelle Fanucchi
Monica Phillips
Mowse Doyle
Nancy Boylan
Nancy Dale
Pat Haight

Patina Queen
Patty Miller
Pia Kaven
Rebecca Anderson
Rose Johnson
Roxanne Blanc
Sarah Goode
Sarah Singer
Sarah Strover

Shalini Austin
Sherri Stokey
Sherry Baun
Sheryl Stephens
Silvia Sernicola
Solange Collin
Stacie Florer
Stacy Alderson
Stephanie Haussler

Stephanie LaRosa
Sue Burleigh
Susan Bowie
Susan Kelly
Susan of Libellula Jewelry
Susan Sheehan
Suzanne Fragiacomo
Tammi Sloan
Tammie Everly

Tania Hagen
Tania Spivey
Tanya Goodwin
Tanya Wiles
Tari Kahrs

Theresa Buchle
Tiffany Smith
Tina Holden

Tracey Nanstad
Tracie Dean
Tracy Bell
Tracy Kruse
Veralynne Malone
Veronica Campos-Hallstrom

Hoping your day is filled with  creative dashes of grace and splashes of joy!


This is where the pesky invisible table is--- just keep scrolling down to get to the comments.  Thanks!


  1. Copper & turquoise is my new favourite combo :-) Love your work and the cute shell earrings are adorable!

  2. It's all so sweet♥ and Summer is coming, have fun with your jewelry

  3. Excellent pieces - they have a kind of 'seaside-y' theme!

    1. Living in Florida, that's a good thing! thank you

  4. Beautiful work and so fresh and seaside!

  5. Wonderful work! I love the fresh colors and fun designs~

  6. love these teal colours and the designs are so feminine and fresh, beautiful work

    1. Aren't they pretty? Clare did me right :) Thanks

  7. Great jewelry! I adore the colors and the variety of bead shapes.

    I’m in the third reveal. Can’t wait.

    1. I'll look forward to seeing your soup too, Kathy! Thanks for the kind words.

  8. So soothing and beachy and beautiful~ love love love!

    1. thanks,Juli- had a blast working with these goodies.

  9. multi-strand bracelet is my favourite!congratulations!

  10. I really like the colors of your soup. I adore that bracelet. Great work Christine.

    1. Thank you, Ginger. Can't go wrong with turquoise blues and copper ;)

  11. That charm bracelet I would wear in an heartbeat ! Amazing soup :)

  12. Sweet Hay Suess..... That bracelet is simply A M A Z I N G. I love all your designs, but your wrist is going to be the best looking wrist around with that stunning piece. congrats.

  13. I finally found the comment section ,ha,ha,I love the colors all the designs m but the bracelet got me favorite is the bracelet ''beautiful''.

  14. I love all your pieces, very summer style!
    I'm on the 3rd reveal, I'm partecipating for the 3rd time on BSBP, what a fun :)
    ciao dall'Italia

  15. That bracelet is to die for! My favourite colours as well!

  16. All of the pieces are gorgeous! I think my fav would have to be the second necklace ~ very nice;~)

  17. WOW! I love every piece that you made from this soup!

  18. Wonderful pieces! I think my favorite are the shell earrings. Love the shell beads! You always seem to know just how to combine your beads to make such fun bracelets.

  19. Great pieces...really nice designs w/fantastic color!

  20. I just love them all, but the bracelet with the star is my favorite!! Great job!! ~KM 1st reveal -

  21. Love all of your pieces but I really love the second necklace with the blue beads and the copper chain - awesome! I bet it is fun to hear the bracelet jangle as you walk or work :) Love it all!!!

  22. Oh, my, everything is beautiful. Love, love what you have made. Those lucite shell beads are to die for. They must be very vintage and very rare as I have never seen anything like them. You did a beautiful job with everything.

  23. I love that necklace and I'm so envious because I suck at wirework! great work

  24. I love everything you did, the colors are so beautiful and the copper is so perfect!


  25. Thank you all for the lovely comments-can't beat being part of the BSBP community!

  26. Everything turned out so beautiful! You did a great job with your soup!

  27. Everything is gorgeous and jingly jangly bracelets are my absolute favorites!

  28. Lovely and elegant work. Great photography to. Kristin Oppold

  29. Beautiful, lovely colors, lovely design, great great job!

  30. Very pretty - I'll bet the bracelet is great when you're wearing it - lots of movement!

  31. I love everything but my favorite is the bracelet too. Copper and turquoise is hard to beat!! Put altogether and you certainly do have a fabulous collection!

  32. Such lovely soft colours everything is beautiful and so pretty!

  33. Replies
    1. Yes, I'd say that is definitely a cohesive collection. I bet that bracelet gives a nice soft jingle too. Great work!

  34. I absolutely get your draw to your bracelet. It's beautiful. But. . .that first necklace caught my attention immediately. Its simplicity and elegance are just my style. Fabulous work!

  35. Lovely pieces full of color and movement - what fun!

  36. Your designs are beautiful. Great job using your soup.

  37. I just love the color and the feel of the designs. I am with you. That charm bracelet is my favorite. I can just imagine the little tinkling as the drops click together.

  38. I love the color combo with copper. I adore the Bracelet the best. love danglies.

  39. Beautiful, great beach feel while still being elegant.

  40. Beautiful jewelry!! Wow, everything is gorgeous, Christie! You outdid yourself :)